A great thing about the journalism field, especially editing, is that you’re always learning something new. In the past year at Vox, I’ve learned how unused fiber-optic cables run through Columbia, how bone marrow donors can connect with recipients across the country and how a descendant of William Clark carves his own dugout canoes right here in mid-Missouri.
I’ve absorbed countless other random facts and tidbits — some inspiring and some mundane — during my four years as an editor. I can’t imagine what all I’ll learn from a lifetime of reading for a living.
On the pages of this week’s feature (Page 6), you’ll find a profile of a man who’s done just that. Speer Morgan has been reading and editing The Missouri Review for the past 37 years. He’s been a lover of literature even longer. As a prospective graduate student, he hitchhiked from Arkansas to California to prove he was serious about his application to the Stanford English program.
Morgan is glued to his desk at TMR, but in a way that I aspire to. He loves his work, a fact that’s echoed across this eight-page profile. Ultimately, he loves to learn, which is something he gets to do every day.
Editing isn’t an easy field. It’s a lot of late nights surrounded by books and dictionaries and having too many browser tabs open. It’s thriving on caffeine and grammar debates. But it’s a labor of love and dedication, and it’s a labor befitting only the lifelong student.